It’s amazing how much a Laker game can alter my mood. A bad loss can drag me down if I let it, and a good win will keep me grinning like an idiot for at least a day or two. I wasn’t having a great day, but watching the Lakers come from behind to win in Boston made it infinitely better. Honestly, I enjoyed winning in Boston more than I would have enjoyed winning in LA. It’s easier to win at home than on the road, although I know what it feels like to watch your team lose at home and it’s terrible. I was glad the Lakers’ returned the favor last night.
Make no mistake: this was a huge win in a statement game. The season series sits at 1-1 now. Everyone, from the media to opposing fans, to some members of Lakers Nation, have been questioning the Lakers’ ability to win meaningful games. Was it the result of a poor mentality at this point in the season, or the result of needing new blood via a trade? I think that question was answered emphatically last night. We don’t need Carmelo or anyone else.
Andrew Bynum proved to me last night how integral he truly is to our team. I was afraid the trade rumors would get in his head and mess with his psyche but he came out ready to play. He had close to a double double with 16 points and 9 rebounds, but more important was his energy. He was aggressive, he didn’t back down from the Celtic’s bigs, and he helped the Lakers win the rebound battle for the night, 47-36.
The Lakers focused on the paint and getting Andrew and Pau Gasol touches throughout the game, which is absolutely key to our success. They need to be involved and feel involved for us to win. Even though the first half didn’t go exactly as the Lakers would have liked, I was glad that they didn’t deviate from their game plan.
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